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Laugh Lines for the Holidays

Posted on: November 25, 2009

Okay, you have probably heard of Laughter Yoga before, as it has gotten a lot of press in the past year. But this past Monday – a miserable cold, rainy November night in Massachusetts, I decided to try it.

This Laughter Yoga session is led by certified Laughter Yoga trainers Bill and Linda Hamaker at the First Universalist Society Meetinghouse in Franklin, MA on the fourth Monday of every month. Their http://www.letslaughtoday.com class had about 40 participants of all ages (from a 16-year-old girl to a 70+ grandmother) Monday night, all seated in a circle.

As Bill explained, anyone could do the exercises from his or her chair or by standing up and moving around in the middle of the circle. All you needed to do was suspend thinking, try deep yoga breathing, begin to fake laughing and follow their lead.

Okay, for you non-believers out there, you do start out faking it, but very soon you are laughing for no reason at all in a group of strangers. In fact, your silly bone is tickled pink when you hear some other forced laughs. Some people laugh with high soprano tee-hee’s, some laugh flatly with no intonation, and others laugh with low, guttoral guffaws. Soon, you are giggling, laughing out loud and even snorting, as you play at laughing. You feel like a kid again. You learn to take deep yoga cleansing breaths, stretch and move, all with a surprised smile on your face.

While you can’t believe you are getting a workout with these moves and laughter, you’re soon taking off your jacket, as your body warms up. Between exercises, you find you need small sips of water to keep hydrated and so your throat doesn’t get too dry to laugh.

At the end of the 1-hour session, you lie on the rug and laugh and laugh until it’s time to take one great big cleansing breath. Whew!
You walk out, feeling refreshed, with the stresses and hassles of the day, all behind you. Best of all, you’re warmed with joyful laugh lines!

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